Grammar Blog: Week 11: Fun with Puns.


Thank you for the great pun visual, English 8. Milkshakes are good for everyone unless they’re not (they are). There’s also a pretty good pun generator here.

So we had a pun assignment before this pun assignment.

(On another silly side note: Are you really hitting me for typing in “pun” Grammarly?)

My pun was accessible to my friends who were already fans (fanatics, not the cool you down fans).Far Cry fans would have interpreted the denotation before the connotative meaning, or at least, would have been the most likely. Otherwise, it is not an obvious pun unless it’s read with an explanation. It was fun to write and break down its elements, but I can see why it is not super accessible to anyone who hasn’t heard of the Far Cry series or the Ubisoft company.

So let me start off with a series of horrible puns based around a theme. It should be easy to see, we’ll proceed accordionly.

Now, not to harp on this theme over and over again, but I treble with anticipation every time I can utilize them. There is absolutely no reason to just fiddle around.

Did you catch them?

Music instruments and related terms!

Let’s see:

Accordion was horrible transfigured to combine with accordingly. Harp fit well into the context of the sentence and works as a pun too. Treble was a stretch as it wasn’t necessarily a strict musical term and it barely matches tremble. “Fiddle around” sounds like something that could be a common phrase.

Personally, I think the best puns have homophones, and words that don’t have to be horribly stretched to match the pun. The harp mention was the best example because it was already a well-known¬†phrase and it fit the pun theme. For me, the pun that takes a second to get is most satisfying to create.

So have pun with that!